Bellwoods hasn't been open long, but it has already made an impression on the Toronto craft beer and food scene.
Bellwoods and the Group of Seven Chefs put on a brilliant seafood feast that I was lucky enough to be in attendance for; it was the first time I tried raw halibut, geoduck, and a host of other funky sea dwellers. The five-course tasting menu resulted in one of the best meals I've ever had—and that's not even touching on the beers.
I still can't decide which of their funky brews I like best. It could be the barnyard brilliance of their Farmhouse Saison, the cheek-puckering sour punch of the Muggleweisse, or the just-like-licking-a-pine-tree goodness of the Witchark IPA. I tried every beer on the menu, and a few that weren't, and loved every one of them. I'm amazed I can remember any of it.
Located in the heart of the Land of Os, Bellwoods, with its fantastic streetside patio, is a place I'm going to visit more often.
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Brews on Ossington
An old auto garage turned brewpub, Bellwoods' impressive rotating selection of craft beers has established it as a solid regular spot on the Ossington strip. It's 20-foot high fermenting tanks create inventive and delicious beers available in 12 or 16-ounce pours such as the extremely hoppy Witchshark IPA, the uber light yet flavorful Wizard Wolf and Stay Classy session ales, and the one hop-only Monogamy brew. Pair any of their unique beers with their menu of inexpensive bar snacks and shared plates like assorted salumis, terrines, or Canadian cheese boards; crispy fries with fine herbs and garlic mayo; and even duck hearts. Along with a fantastic streetside patio, Bellwoods is indeed a fun atmosphere for sitting, sipping, and savoring.